Vice President-Fundraising

Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI
West Allis, WI, USA
Posted Date: 
Friday, October 26, 2018



This list of duties and responsibilities is not all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary from time to time. 

  • Serves as the creative, strategic leader of all advancement efforts throughout Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. Develops and implements an annual strategic fundraising development plan to support the organization’s mission, goals and objectives. 
  • Designs, implements and oversees comprehensive resource development for churches, congregations, individuals, corporations, foundations, community and governmental organizations. Participates in strategic marketing and communications program related to fundraising strategies and overall foundation strategic direction. 
  • Maintains a high, enthusiastic, and respected visibility in the community with current and prospective major donors. Serves as the primary relationship manager for the individual, corporate, and foundation donors and prospects. 
  •  Maintains a high-quality stewardship process for active funding partners and donors. Works closely with LSS grant manager to ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities. 
  • Creates and drives initiatives for the solicitation of foundations, corporations, organizations and potential planned giving donors. 
  • Creates effective infrastructure including budget development and analysis, annual fund development strategic plan, organizational database, gift acknowledgment process, donor recognition programs, and all other actions to build an effective fundraising organization. 
  • Provides leadership, support and guidance to staff. This includes the selection, training, supervision and evaluation of team members. Works with the department employees to identify and facilitate professional growth. 
  • Builds and fosters collaborative relationships with other departments and business units within the organization to stay informed of, and support new initiatives, products and services. 
  • Develops and maintain an understanding, respect and appreciation for the ELCA and its mission. 
  • Creates, integrates, and implements short, intermediate and long-term strategies to solicit major gifts and donations. 
  • Identifies sponsorship opportunities and makes presentations to donor prospects. 
  • Plans and implements major donor interactions and activities (volunteer experiences, tours, networking events, etc.). 
  • Executes briefing memos, proposals, and stewardship materials. 
  • Tracks and reports on relationship management and fundraising activity using Raiser’s Edge. 


  • Must comply with agency and departmental policies and regulations 
    Must relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity. 
  • Must support the Mission, Vision and Values of LSS. 


  • Oversees the Fundraising staff 
  • Builds relationships and trust through open dialogue, as well as intentional and ongoing employee conversations 
  • Holds team accountable for supporting Agency policies, procedures, and change management 
  • Ensures staff are appropriately selected, trained, developed, utilized, appraised and recognized for performance 
  • Promotes Agency vision and goals; inspires and engages others in their relationship to the Agency and departmental goals 

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Upon offer, candidates must successfully complete the necessary background, caregiver, medical and any other checks required, according to program requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


• Bachelor’s Degree required. Advanced degree strongly preferred. 
• Minimum 7+ years of progressively responsible professional work in fund development and fundraising, including staff leadership. 
• Prior experience with human services and/or non-profit leadership required. 
• Knowledge of current principles and practices of fund development, planned giving, annual giving, and building a donor pipeline. 
• Knowledge of the principles of effective donor communications, media, PR, advertising and community relations. 
• Current knowledge of social media best practices. 
• Comprehensive knowledge of budgeting, strategic planning, and analysis. 
• Ability to gather, analyze and evaluate data to make comprehensive recommendations and presentations. 
• Strong ability to communicate effectively – orally, written and listening. 
• Strong project planning and skills. Demonstrated ability to lead large-scale initiatives like capital campaigns. 
• Knowledge in fundraising best practices efforts including Gift acceptance policy, an annual calendar of philanthropic events, engagement of board and volunteers in fundraising efforts, effective case statement development, etc. 


The incumbent of this position must have a valid driver’s license and have reliable transportation to perform the essential duties of the role; a motor vehicle check (MVR) with a satisfactory driving record per the LSS Driver Safety Procedure is required, and ability to meet LSS auto insurance requirements. 


Ability to communicate both in verbal and written format, effectively and efficiently in a job. 


Working knowledge of computers to allow the employee to access computer systems and applications to complete timecards, read and respond to email, and complete required online training. Prior experience with Blackbaud / Raiser’s Edge software is helpful, but not required. 


The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the worker is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, and sit and occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Keyboarding is required for this position. 

The incumbent of this position works in an air-conditioned, office environment. The incumbent will also be exposed to outdoor weather conditions when traveling on company business. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. 


Ability to travel on day trips as required up to 20%. Some overnight travel may be required.

LSS is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, disability status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.




Bachelor Degree or better in Other.


Master Degree or better.



Job Category: 
Vice President

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